What are OPIOIDS?
“Opioids” is a term for drugs that bind to opioid receptors in the body. They include everything from heroin and fentanyl to prescription pills like oxycodone (OxyContin), hydrocodone (Vicodin), codeine and morphine. It’s a huge bucket, since it covers illegal substances as well as drugs prescribed by doctors. Which, actually, is part of the issue: regular use of opioid drugs, even as prescribed by a doctor or medical professional, can lead to dependence.
Addiction isn’t limited to the people using just the illegal opioids, like heroin. Misuse of prescription opioids is a huge part of the epidemic. Misuse includes people with a prescription not taking it as prescribed–taking too many pills at once, for example–or people without a prescription taking pills they get from a family medicine cabinet, friends, random strangers at the party or drug dealers selling pills illegally.
Taking opioids at too high of a dose, or for too long a period of time, increases the risk of addiction, overdose, and death. The likelihood of using opioid painkillers long-term spikes just after five days of use. FIVE. And because of this, a lot of people are dying. In 2016, more than 42,249 people died of opioid overdoses in America–more than 115 people everyday and that’s 115 too many!
Track 1: Introductions to Opioids Crisis
Jacobus concern of opioids/antiinflammatories
Call from Dominick and his experience with painkillers
Track 2: Call from a recovering opioid addict with MS and his new uses of Meditation, exercise, writing, and vitamins rather than opioids.
Pills don’t always address the cause
23 published statistics regarding opioid use, death and other major numbers.
Track 3: Article written by Jacobus “Exposing Uberdosing” in 2013
History of Opioids until Heroin was introduced
Track 4: Heroin section of Article.
Forbes article on Fentanyl
Call about our “broken system”
Track 5: CNN Fast Facts about the Opioids Crisis
Discussion on National Opioid Overdose Deaths
Caller discusses where did all this start?
Track 6: Call about Hunter Thompson’s “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas” book
Article discussion on Legal Marijuana and Lower Opioid Use
12 Questions to ask your doctor before taking opioids